The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall Hamilton, Kent 1911
Number of pages: 268
Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment. Of the book's value as autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be--in other ages, perhaps."
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by Oscar Wilde - Methuen & Co.
The play premiered in 1893 at London's Haymarket Theatre. It is a testimony of Wilde's wit and his brand of dark comedy. It looks in particular at English upper class society and has been reproduced on stages in Europe and America since his death.
by Oscar Wilde - John Lane Co.
The play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay, requests the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the dance of the seven veils.
by Oscar Wilde - John W. Luce and Company
Oscar Wilde was a playwright, novelist, poet, and a major celebrity in the late Victorian era. The Canterville Ghost is a novella parody featuring an ambassador and a spirit. The ambassador moves his family into a castle which is known to be haunted.
by Oscar Wilde - Project Gutenberg
Farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major theme is the triviality with which it treats institutions.